Talk to your children about drugs
Kids are surrounded by all kinds of influences. It’s what they see online. It’s the media. It’s peer pressure. It’s what their friends are saying. And what their friends are taking.
But remember, the example you set is the most powerful influence they have will ever have.
Here are five things you can do to keep your kids and people you love smart and safe.
Talk to your children about drugs. And do it regularly. Tell them about the harms to their health. Tell them about the mental health risks. But don’t exaggerate. Don’t try to frighten them. Stick to the truth. Honesty is the only thing they will believe.
SHOW THEM HOW
The way you use alcohol and drugs tells your children what ‘normal’ is. So ask yourself “Do I have a healthy relationship with drugs, alcohol or prescription medication?” Think about the influence you are having. Don’t think you can hide your use of alcohol and drugs from them. You can’t.
Be the example you want them to have. Give them the advice you wish you were given.
KNOW THE SIGNS
Crosscare Drug and Alcohol Programme has produced a great booklet for parents and guardians called “Don’t Lose the Head“
Click here to download it in PDF format. [17.5 MB]